Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells


“Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial AI is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.”

-Synopsis from inside front cover


Cover of Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
Cover image from StoryGraph

Rogue Protocol is book three in The Murderbot Diaries series. With this particular series, it is vital to read the books in order to understand all that takes place in each subsequent book. The books chronicle Murderbot’s adventures as it were, each building on the next as it works to achieve its goal.

I won’t reveal too much, but as with the previous book, Murderbot encounters a new kind of bot in this book that it has never interacted with before. A bot which it thinks it already knows enough about. In reality, it understands very little about the complexities of this particular bot.

Murderbot’s character again comes alive on the page. The voice is so unique and clever and I had to read several parts twice because the humor is so witty you almost don’t catch it. I love this character and am always rooting for it to succeed, even when I have no idea what’s going to happen. Murderbot has to do even more on-the-fly thinking and defending of itself (and a new group of humans) when things go awry. It even takes inspiration from its favorite show, Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon, when it comes to confronting foes.

The ending of this one hurt, but I think it was meant to end that way. If you’ve read the book you’ll know what I am referring to.

I can’t wait to read the next book, Exit Strategy, soon.

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